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November 6, 2019

Things to Do in Orlando Beyond the Theme Parks

Things to do in Orlando go far beyond the world-famous theme parks, shopping malls and fantastic dining. If you’re looking for a truly memorable day out in Orlando, we have lots more surprises in store. From exciting airboat rides to a “singing tower”, we outline some amazing places to visit that reveal the real Florida with its wildlife, natural lakes, beautiful gardens, and amazing architecture.


Check out these top 5 things to do in Orlando and plan to do something really special from your luxury villa in Kissimmee.


1. Airboats and alligators

Although Kissimmee Swamp Tours are just 30 miles south of your luxury Kissimmee villa, they offer the chance to see the natural side of Florida which few visitors experience. Head out on an exciting airboat to explore the 35,000 acres Lake Kissimmee. These noisy airboats have a flat bottom for navigating shallow water and leaving flora and fauna undisturbed. Reaching speeds of over 20mph, they can spin through 180 degrees and head back to check out a sighting of basking gators, birds’ nests, egrets, herons, turtles, and fish. It’s an amazing nature safari!


2. Singing Tower and Carillon

Just south of Kissimmee in Lake Wales, you’ll find the unique “Singing Tower” at serene Bok Tower Gardens. This National Historic Landmark offers 50 acres of colourful gardens, a lakeside bird hide, historic home and the opportunity to hear a daily concert from the 60-bell carillon. Walkthrough the lush gardens to the 205-foot high tower, built of pink marble with a stunning brass door depicting scenes from creation. The bells are played by a keyboard and daily concerts are a delight. Don’t miss the reflecting pool, graced by two resident swans, and the excellent café.

Zip-lining through the treetops

If you want more things to do in Orlando involving outdoor exercise and adventure, head to the Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. It’s a stone’s throw from Championsgate and other vacation rental communities including Reunion Resort and Windsor Hills. Ride the 425-foot zip line, swing on Tarzan ropes, scramble up rope ladders and hanging nets and traverse suspension rope bridges if you dare! Ideal for kids aged 7 to 77, there are several different levels of obstacle courses to navigate.

orlando tree trek


Scenic Lake and Venetian Canal Cruise

Take a one-hour boat trip hour through the peaceful lakes and canals around historic Winter Park, northeast Orlando. Boat trips leaves the dock hourly every day except Christmas Day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The stable pontoon boats accommodate  18 passengers with a boat captain who will answer questions and give an informative commentary about the sights and wildlife throughout the trip.


The boat tour includes Lake Osceola, Lake Virginia and passes through the winding Venetian canal to Lake Maitland. You’ll see the lakeside Kraft Azalea Park, multi-million dollar mansions, beautiful gardens and plenty of Florida birds and wildlife.



Glorious Gardens!

One final suggestion for things to do in Orlando is visit Harry P. Leu Gardens. This  50-acre botanical oasis showcases bamboo, bananas, azaleas, roses, camellias, ferns, exotic gingers, showy hibiscus and a butterfly garden. Admission includes a guided tour of the historic home of founder Harry P. Leu. Along with the gardens, join in some of the free events such as Storytime, Plant Clinics, Movie Night and more.


You’ll find more information about these and other amazing things to do in Orlando in the book/ebook Days Out Around Orlando by Gillian Birch – enjoy!


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Wendi Gauss 11/03/2020

VRBO - The Prima Donna
We had the best time in this LOVELY home!!! We were within 10-20 minutes drive to all the parks, it had an awesome pool, bathroom for every bedroom, the most comfortable beds and pillows, and a bunch of games and activities!!!!! We would come back here in a heartbeat. Thanks so much for the perfect place for our family:)

Justin Walker 05/12/2020

Great stay. Great house. Super clean. Looked just as the pictures suggested.

Brittany Ramoutar 06/03/2020

Florida Premier Rentals
Nothing like I ever experienced before!
This property was absolutely gorgeous! Everything was perfect and clean. We enjoyed the house so much that we didn’t even bother to go to the water park in the community. The backyard and pool is breathtaking! I will definitely book again in the future.

John goglia 05/12/2020

City Palm Villa - great experience
beautiful property

Quinneshia Cabble 07/27/2020

Sunshine at Solara

Everything was great my kids had a great time it was enough space for my whole family

Juan Almonte 05/25/2020

Beautiful property
We had a great time. The house is beautiful with everything we needed for our stay. I only recommend putting a blind in the front door for privacy.

Shelly 09/01/2020

This property was everything we wanted...and more! The home was very clean. We enjoyed the pool, home theater, and game room! We also enjoyed cooking in the well-equipped kitchen. We also enjoyed the water park and the soccer field every day. The kids didn’t want to leave. We will definitely be back.

Maria, C. 09/01/2020

We had an amazing time at this property. I was very happy with the cleanliness of the house. Every room was very well equipped with pillows and blankets. The pool was amazing!! The kitchen had more than enough glasses and plates for all 8 of us. We had an issue with the fridge ice maker which was fixed right away after I called the number provided . Internet and cable worked great! Overall, we had a great time and it exceeded our expectations!

Laura, G. 12/08/2020

It was a fun time for all ages. Our family just wanted to have a getaway vacation this summer, especially during these trying times. The Property Manager was fabulous! Very quick responses, via email, whenever I had a question. Thanks for everything!!

Tara Williams-Hunter 07/15/2020

We enjoyed our stay! The check-in process was excellent. The property was clean. It could use a little dusting in hidden spaces. The resort pool was a gem! We had one issue with oven- circuit kept overheating and oven would shut down but maintenance did come the same night. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.